Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Sermons

May 03, 2015 – “Whatever You Ask in My Name, I Will Do.”

Throughout scripture we find Jesus promising that whatever we ask the Father for in prayer, He will give us, yet our own experience does not seem to bear this out. There seems to be some sort of disconnect. So what gives? Today we try to unravel this conundrum, and understand where the problem lies.

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April 26, 2015 – Learning to Listen

April 26, 2015 - Learning to Listen

Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves. When Jesus talks about faith, He doesn’t spend a ton of time on the externals; making sure we use the right words and worship the right way. He starts with Knowing. He starts with Listening. With teaching us how to hear His voice and follow where He leads, and the rest just sort of falls into place. This message explores the discipline of Listening to Jesus, Knowing the voice of the Good Shepherd and deepening our intimate communion with God. (John 10:14-15)

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April 19, 2015 – On Dealing with Stress. Or, Why Jesus Stinks at Freeze Tag

April 19, 2015 - On Dealing with Stress. Or, Why Jesus Stinks at Freeze Tag

The word “Peace” shows up 94 times in the New Testament. It’s the promise of God, the settled peace of a quiet mind. Free from the baggage of our mistakes and worry over our future. This message continues to look at the sweeping work of the Resurrected Jesus as He brings His peace to a couple of worrisome disciples who have just flat given up and gone home, and re-encounters the Jesus who absolutely stinks at playing freeze tag. (Luke 24:29-32)

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April 12, 2015 – A Cold Monday Morning

April 12, 2015 - A Cold Monday Morning

All of the hoopla of Easter morning is now behind us. The big resurrection party is over for this Easter season, and now we ask, “What’s net? What do we do now?” This message offers some challenging answers to those questions by exploring John 20:19-23. ________________________________ About the Preacher Douglas Morrison is Deacon of Trinity Lutheran Church, an open and caring, distinctly Lutheran, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Like Us On Facebook

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April 5, 2015 – Creation’s Way of Knowing

April 5, 2015 - Creation's Way of Knowing

It’s written on the trees and hidden in the newness of Spring: the song of Resurrection and Rebirth, Hope and Life. A lot can happen in three days, and this message uncovers our own rebirth in the Spirit through the awesome power of the Resurrection of Jesus.

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April 3, 2015 – The Things that Terrify Jesus

April 3, 2015 - The Things that Terrify Jesus

“Hail, precious cross. May He who redeemed me through you at last also receive me through you.” ~St. Andrew

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March 29, 2015 – On Providence and the Settled, Knowing Peace

March 29, 2015 - On Providence and the Settled, Knowing Peace

The disciples are pretty hard-headed sometimes. Isn’t it weird? Even after Jesus tells them everything they can expect from their trip to Jerusalem – that He’ll be arrested, beaten up, crucified, and on the third day rise from the dead – even after He lets them in on the whole plan, there they are, huddled up in an upper room full of fear and uncertainty. This message looks deeply into the providence of God, the promise of things to come that Jesus says, John 16:33, will give us a settled, knowing peace.

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March 22, 2015 – On Discrimination and Sitting Next to Jesus

March 22, 2015 - On Discrimination and Sitting Next to Jesus

The Ego loves distinctions. It loves to set itself apart from other people so “we” become better, become more than “them.” Whoever “them” is. Jesus reaches through the distinctions of the Ego to recreate Community in His own image, and goes beyond bridging our distinctions, redefining who “we” are in Him. This message seeks to do the same…

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March 15, 2015 – The Dance of Faith

March 15, 2015 - The Dance of Faith

Do you like to dance? Almost everyone I know does, and most people think they’re pretty good at it. There’s not be secret here: If you can stay on the beat, move one foot and then the other one, all without walking on your partner’s feet, you’re dancing! Our walk of faith has its own subtle rhythm, and consists of two important steps that we must learn and practice. This message takes a look at these steps, so get ready to dance!

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March 8, 2015 – Why do I go to Church, Anyway?

March 8, 2015 - Why do I go to Church, Anyway?

When we ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” We have to remember that making a whip out of chords and driving anything that detracts from the true purpose of Church out of the Sanctuary in holy anger is well within the realm of possibility. This message stops to ask the question of why we go to Church, and helps us rediscover why we’re all here in the first place. Worship is like so many aspects of our lives – school, relationships, music and sports – we get out of it what we put into it.

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On Quiet Peace and Where to Find It

On Quiet Peace and Where to Find It

Define irony. The reason our lives are so hectic is because we’re trying to create a sense of Peace. This Sunday, we’ll take a rest from the chaos of our own creation, and rediscover where we find God’s lasting inner Peace. Hint: If you think you’re too busy to pause for an hour and worship, too busy to pray, you may be looking in the wrong spot…

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February 22, 2015 – Three Little Words

February 22, 2015 - Three Little Words

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus concludes His very first words with, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Most of us have heard and used these “three little words” in a variety of places and contexts all our lives, perhaps to the point that they’ve lost their power to amaze us. This message takes a closer look at these truly great and dominant words of our Christian faith.

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